Marvin Laird and Joel Paley’s musical will have its first major UK production at the Arts Theatre from the 16th March. Love London Love Culture caught a glimpse of rehearsals – here’s a special sneak peek… 


Jason Gardiner and Kim Maresca. 

Having originally premiered Off-Broadway in 1992, Ruthless! The Musical was first seen in the UK in 2002 at London’s Stratford Circus Theatre and now will make its West End debut at the Arts Theatre, directed by Richard Fitch.

Featuring music by Marvin Laird and book and lyrics by Joel Paley, Ruthless! The Musical tells the story of eight year old Tina Denmark who will do absolutely anything to secure the leading role in her school play.

Kim Maresca and Tracie Bennett. 

The show famously spoofs Broadway musicals such as Gypsy and Mame as well as classic films such as The Bad Seed and All About Eve and the original production helped to discover young performers including Britney Spears and Natalie Portman.

This new production is set to star Jason Gardiner, Harriet Thorpe, Kim Maresca, Lara Denning and Tracie Bennett as well as a group of four girls alternating the role of Tina during the show’s run at the Arts Theatre.


Ruthless! The Musical will feature choreography by Rebecca Howell, designs by Morgan Large, lighting by Tim Lutkin, sound by Gregory Clarke while Gareth Valentine will be musical supervisor. The show is produced by  Evan Sacks, Darren Bagert, Adam Mackie, Kenneth Schur and Maxine Paul, with the Menier Chocolate Factory acting as executive producer and general manager for the London run.


Ruthless! The Musical will play at the Arts Theatre from the 16th March until the 23rd June. To book tickets click here or visit:, Encore Tickets, See, Love or Theatre Tickets


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